Browned Pixie-cup Lichen

Cladonia cervicornis

Cladonia cervicornis is a cup lichen in the family Cladoniaceae.
Another Cladonia A macro photo of possibly Cladonia cervicornis ssp. verticillata. Canada,Cladonia cervicornis,Geotagged,Summer

Appearance

Primary thallus: Squamulose, persistent, forming large cushions

Squamules: 3-6 mm long, 2-5 mm wide, entire to irregularly crenate-lobed to irregularly digitate lobed

Podetia: scarce to common, 14-55 mm tall, greenish gray, cup-bearing

Cups: 2-9 mm wide, entire or with blunt to finger-like proliferations along margins, often simple and without proliferations but infrequently bearing one to three tiers of proliferations from center surface: smoothly corticate, squamulose or esquamulose, esorediate, slightly arachnoid in young parts

Apothecia: Uncommon, up to 3.5 mm diam, dark brown
A Group of Cladonia cervicornus ssp verticillata After a frost and rainfall and still looking rather vibrant. Canada,Cladonia cervicornis,Geotagged,Winter

Distribution

Northern Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America
A Cladonia Closeup! This species of Cladonia, C. cervicornis ssp verticillata, in some references is referred to as only C verticillata. (Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest, Bruce McCune and Linda Gelderland) Canada,Cladonia cervicornis,Geotagged,Winter

Habitat

On soil or over duf

References:

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http://eol.org/pages/2859507/overview
Taxonomy
KingdomFungi
DivisionAscomycota
ClassLecanoromycetes
OrderLecanorales
FamilyCladoniaceae
GenusCladonia
SpeciesCladonia cervicornis
Photographed in
Canada